The Orbis Advisory Board provides insight in areas of strategic importance to the company, including the development of new programs and services that support our mission and our partner institutions.
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Joan Shaver, PhD, RN, FAAN, Dean & Professor, University of Arizona College of Nursing
Bobbie Berkowitz, PhD, RN, NEA, FAAN, Dean & Professor, Columbia University School of Nursing
Jean Giddens, PhD, RN, FAAN, Dean & Professor, Virginia Commonwealth University School of Nursing
William Holzemer, PhD, RN, FAAN, Dean & Distinguished Professor, Rutgers University College of Nursing
Daniel Gross, DNSc, RN, Executive Vice President of Hospital Operations, Sharp HealthCare
Darcy Burthay, MSN, RN, Managing Director of Home Care Services, Ascension Health
Afaf Meleis, PhD, DrPS(Hon), FAAN, Professor, University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing
Courtney Lyder, ND, FAAN, Professor & Dean, University of California at Los Angeles School of Nursing
Joan Shaver, PhD, RN, FAAN, Dean & Professor, University of Arizona College of NursingIn addition to her role at UA, Dr. Shaver is also Dean Emeritus at the University of Illinois at Chicago (1996-2009). She is passionate about advancing the use of current and emerging technologies in learning, research and practice innovations. For more than 20 years, she conducted funded research in women’s health and sleep science. Dr. Shaver has received the Lifetime Achievement Award for Research from the Midwest Nursing Research Society, the North American Menopause Society/Duramed Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Menopause and Sleep Research Award, and the Sigma Theta Tau International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame designation. She is a past president of the American Academy of Nursing.
Bobbie Berkowitz, PhD, RN, NEA, FAAN, Dean & Professor, Columbia University School of NursingIn addition to her role at Columbia’s School of Nursing, Dr. Berkowitz is the Senior Vice President of the Columbia University Medical Center. She is also Professor Emerita at the University of Washington, where she held a number of positions, including Chair of the Department of Psychosocial and Community Health. Dr. Berkowitz serves on the boards of the Public Health Foundation, American Academy of Nursing, and Visiting Nurse Service of New York. She is a member of a number of editorial boards, including the Journal of Public Health Management and Practice and Policy, Politics, & Nursing Practice, and she is the Associate Editor of Nursing Outlook. Dr. Berkowitz is a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing and a member of the Institute of Medicine.
Jean Giddens, PhD, RN, FAAN, Dean & Professor, Virginia Commonwealth University School of NursingDr. Giddens was a Robert Wood Johnson Executive Nurse Fellow (2011 Cohort) and a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing. Prior to her position at Virginia Commonwealth University, she served for several years in senior administrative leadership at the University of New Mexico College of Nursing. Dr. Giddens is internationally known for her work on conceptual learning and the development of an innovative virtual community teaching application, among other areas of expertise. She has been actively engaged with the Future of Nursing Campaign for Action and serves as an education consultant to nursing programs throughout the country.
William Holzemer, PhD, RN, FAAN, Dean & Distinguished Professor, Rutgers University College of NursingDr. Holzemer is a member of the Institute of Medicine, a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing, and member of the Japan Academy of Nursing. He is a former Fulbright Scholar (Egypt) and Project HOPE Fellow, and he is a Distinguished Professor at St. Luke’s College of Nursing in Tokyo. He recently completed two terms as an elected board member of the International Council of Nursing. Dr. Holzemer has participated in national commissions for AHRQ and the Institute of Medicine and currently serves as a member of the National Council of the National Institute of Nursing Research (NIH). His distinguished research career has focused on symptom management, adherence, and stigma and quality of life for people living with HIV.
Daniel Gross, DNSc, RN, Executive Vice President of Hospital Operations, Sharp HealthCareDr. Gross is the executive vice president for Sharp HealthCare. He oversees four acute care hospitals, three specialty hospitals, Government Relations, and Clinical Effectiveness at Sharp. Over his years at Sharp, Dr. Gross has served as a clinical nurse IV, director of patient care services, regional director of critical care, regional director of patient care services, and system vice president of clinical services. Prior to his role as executive vice president, he was CEO of the Sharp Metropolitan Medical Campus for 11 years. Dr. Gross is a member of the American Hospital Association (AHA) Board of Directors, chair of AHA’s Regional Policy Board 9, and chair of AHA’s Operations Committee. He is the past chair of the California Hospital Association (CHA) Board of Directors and serves on several healthcare-related boards. Dr. Gross’s awards and honors include the USD Author E. Hughes Career Achievement Award and the California Health Foundation and Trust Walker-Sullivan Health Care Fellowship, among many others. He has also helped lead Sharp to numerous healthcare awards and honors, including Best Integrated Healthcare System in California, Magnet status recognition, and the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award.
Darcy Burthay, MSN, RN, Managing Director of Home Care Services, Ascension HealthBefore assuming her current role, Ms. Burthay served as the COO/CNO for St. Vincent Indianapolis Hospital in Indianapolis, Indiana. During her time at St. Vincent, she led the organization to Magnet designation and achieved verification of a Level II Trauma Center by the American College of Surgeons. She also worked closely with Orbis and Marian University to develop the Marian University for St. Vincent Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing program. Prior to her six years at St. Vincent, Ms. Burthay spent nearly 25 years with St. Joseph Hospital in Kokomo, Indiana, in varied roles in hospital and home care leadership, including President and CEO.
Afaf Meleis, PhD, DrPS(Hon), FAAN, Professor, University of Pennsylvania School of NursingOver more than five decades, Dr. Meleis has demonstrated a profound passion for pushing the boundaries of nursing science, cultivating the next generation of healthcare leaders, and improving women's health. During her tenure as the fifth Dean of the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing, she cultivated a community that is dedicated to making an impact on global healthcare; launched multidisciplinary and global partnerships that are advancing nursing science, education, and practice; expanded research in critical areas; fostered a culture of innovation; and strengthened the commitment to the local community. Prior to coming to Penn, Dr. Meleis was a professor at the University of California Los Angeles and the University of California San Francisco.
Courtney Lyder, ND, FAAN, Professor & Dean, University of California at Los Angeles School of NursingDr. Lyder is an international expert in gerontology. His clinical research has focused on care issues affecting older adults, including pressure ulcer prevention, identifying erythema in darkly pigmented skin, wound healing, quality improvement in skilled nursing facilities, and elder patient safety. Dr. Lyder has authored or co-authored more than 200 publications and has been awarded more than $22 million in research and training grants. Since becoming dean at the UCLA School of Nursing in 2008, research funding has increased 400 percent. Dr. Lyder is a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing and the New York Academy of Medicine and was appointed by U.S. Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to the National Advisory Council for Nursing Research. In 2012, he was presented with the coveted National League of Nursing President’s Award and awarded an honorary doctorate from Saint Xavier University for his significant contributions to nursing and healthcare advancement.